CSCSC e-Newsletter

June 26, 2012

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Area-Specific Labour Market Projections Now Possible
An important outcome of the Council's recently completed HR Study Update Project is an enhancement of the labour market tool that previously provided only historical data. While data continues to be available for the period 2007 to 2010, the tool now also offers projections for labour market demand until 2016.
Projections can be made at three levels, using data from a couple of sources:
  1. A base forecast uses data culled from the Council's 2012 HR study. It represents the anticipated demand for labour in an area based on extrapolations from employer responses to the study's survey.
  2. The high and low forecasts are based on Government of Canada data, from the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) and economic forecasts.
The data accessible through this tool can be dissected to reveal trends – and anticipated trends – by market and industry. This functionality allows, for example:
  • Employers to assess expected labour demand for particular roles in particular areas, giving them a foundation for HR planning;
  • Students and job-seekers to determine the jobs that are, and will be, most in demand in given areas;
  • Educators to design curriculum that will meet future needs of the marketplace.
If you have any questions about using this tool, contact Kevin Maynard or Beverly Myers, by email or at 905-897-6700.

Accelerator Project Report: Shortages of Skilled Supply Chain Employees are Growing in Impact

The Accelerator Project, a 12-month project undertaken by the Calgary Logistics Council in partnership with the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table, recently released its final report. For the 10 key occupations that support the supply chain of the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor, the study anticipates that, for the 10-year forecast period ending in 2020, Alberta will have more than 50,000 job openings and B.C. about 46,000. Those 10 occupations are:
  • Senior Managers – Goods Production, Utilities, Transportation and Construction
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Transportation Managers
  • Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers
  • Supervisors – Recording, Distributing and Scheduling Occupations
  • Purchasing Agents and Officers
  • Customs, Ship and Other Brokers
  • Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
  • Truck Drivers
Key Findings
  • Shortages of skilled supply chain employees exist now and are growing in impact
  • Shortages are found in every supply chain employment category and in every sub-function
  • In a competitive labour market, those who can attract youth early and effectively will be the winners
  • Employers will need to create strategic workforce plans that deal with succession planning and knowledge transfer
  • There are critical business advantages to the integration of supply chain management functions into corporate business strategies

The project report is on the CLC website, at

Mentoring Programs: An Opportunity to Develop Talent and Leadership Skills

By Kevin Maynard, Executive Director
The Council has established a number of connections designed to create partnerships and provide career-development opportunities for people in the sector. One method that is sometimes overlooked is mentorship programs.

Over the last several weeks, I have been discussing mentorship, with community-based agencies as a vehicle to enhance the networking capabilities of newcomers they serve and with some of the colleges in Ontario, as a vehicle for getting real-time knowledge and connections for students taking supply chain courses and programs. Research indicates that these experiential-learning activities provide a solid foundation for skills acquisition and development, but more should be done to foster participation.

Part of the challenge is knowing how to connect, whether you are a prospective mentor or mentee.

Debroy Chan, Manager, Mentoring Services for JVS Toronto, shares the following thoughts on two programs that he is involved in. The Mentoring Partnership (TMP), delivered by JVS on behalf of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), is one such program. This is an in-person mentoring program through which an internationally educated professional who is a newcomer to Canada is matched with an experienced professional in Canada in their profession. Mentees have usually been in Canada for less than three years and are not currently working in their field, but have at least two years of previous experience in it in their home countries. They are usually job-ready, having completed job-search workshops and, in some cases, bridging programs. The mentor commits 24 hours of their time over a four-month period. This includes weekly or bi-weekly in-person meetings, telephone meetings and/or email exchanges. Since it is essentially a face-to-face program, it calls for most of the time together to be spent on in-person meetings.
Canada InfoNet is another JVS Toronto mentoring program, but undertaken online. It is an occupation-specific program that targets persons who are not yet in Canada but planning to immigrate soon. The purpose of this program is to help these internationally educated professionals be better prepared to make a successful transition when they land in Canada. For this program, the mentor commits at least one hour per week over a 10-to-12-week period, and discussions take place over a private discussion board on JVS’s mentoring platform. Discussions are not in real time so you can post an item when it’s convenient for you. Mentees are matched with mentors in their intended destination province.
In either program as a mentor, you will:
  • Share your insights on Canadian workplace culture and industry trends with the mentee;
  • Identify educational and technical skills required to meet market demands and guide the mentee through the licensing/accreditation process;
  • Provide support through the job-search process;
  • Help them build their professional networks; and,
  • Provide information and encouragement to help them become professionally established.
Mentoring has benefits for the mentor, as well as the mentee. It helps mentors to further develop their leadership skills, learn about other cultures and become more aware of current trends in the labour market through research done with the mentee, and provides an opportunity to give back and make a contribution to society. It also helps recruiting managers and senior professionals become more aware of the talent pool of newcomers to Canada.
If you don't have mentoring experience, JVS will provide resources to help you. A mentoring coach is also assigned to each mentoring partnership and is available to provide support to both the mentor and mentee.
For further information about either program, contact Debroy Chan, Manager, Mentoring Services, JVS Toronto, 416-649-1631.

Similar programs are offered by some of the supply chain sector's professional associations. CITT, for example, recently launched an initiative through which mentors can gain points toward its continuing-education requirements, as outlined in "New Mentorship Program Created for Supply Chain Professionals," published in the May/June 2012 edition of MM&D.
“Both sides will gain from it,” says CITT president Catherine Viglas. “The mentors will gain by practicing their leadership abilities. The mentees will gain by speaking with somebody who is more knowledgeable and more advanced in their career and can give them really good one-on-one coaching to get them through some areas of concern or areas where they are stagnating or stumbling, areas where they just need to bounce an idea off somebody. Often you don’t have that in your organization.”
Potential mentors or mentees looking to join the program need to submit an application expressing their interest, listing their work history, stating what they hope to gain from the program, and detailing preferences such as language of communication, geographical location in relationship to the mentorship partner, and the degree of importance of being paired with somebody working in the same industry.
For more information on the CITT Mentorship Program, contact CITT at 416-363-5696.

The Council supports initiatives such as these, and encourages other professional associations to consider implementing similar programs for their designation holders. If you would like to discuss programs that we are aware of or learn from the successes of your colleagues, get in touch with Kim Biggar at the CSCSC or one of the contacts noted above.

Stakeholder Consultation: Your Chance to Influence Government Policy

By Kevin Maynard, Executive Director
Over the last several years, the Council has had the opportunity to assist employer stakeholders in connecting with governments at all levels – federal, provincial and municipal – to ensure that perspectives are shared on labour force development issues, and to help influence the development of policy and programs that affect work in the supply chain sector.
Often these opportunities have involved suggesting individuals or organizations to officials from government, to speak at conferences or to participate in roundtables. As well, we have been encouraged by some governments to publicize opportunities for consultation.
Recently, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration asked us to invite stakeholders to provide input as they develop Ontario’s Immigration Strategy, as this request aligns with two areas of focus of our recent HR Study Update, notably:
  1. Raising awareness of the role of supply chain management in economic and workplace development; and
  2. Taking steps to increase the supply of talent to meet shortages anticipated in the sector.
If you, your association or your firm is interested in making a submission, simply answer the following three questions, noting your name, your organization and the date of your submission, and send no more than 10 pages to by Friday, June 29.
Discussion questions:
  1. How can immigration support Ontario’s social and economic development goals in the short and long term?
  2. How can Ontario work with key partners to improve the integration of all newcomers?
  3. Where should Ontario focus its efforts to ensure an effective immigration and settlement system?
For those of you not in Ontario, consider using the above questions as a guide, insert your own province or territory, and send a note to the jurisdiction of your choice. Do what you can to help draft workforce development policies across the country to support supply chain management. If you have questions or would like specific contact information for the ministry responsible for immigration in your province, please feel free to contact the CSCSC office.

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Take Part: Annual Survey of the Canadian Supply Chain Professional

Purchasingb2b, MM&D and Canadian Transportation & Logistics magazines have come together this year, in partnership with the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, to conduct the Annual Survey of the Canadian Supply Chain Professional. The purpose of the study is to provide the sector with salary and other job-related benchmark information. Click here to participate.

Association News

The Chartered Institute of Logistics &Transport in North America
Robert (Bob) Armstrong has been named President of CILTNA, following the retirement of Ed Cuylits as Executive Director. Bob is President of Armstrong Trade and Logistics Advisory Services Inc. (ATLAS) and formerly President of Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL). He has over 40 years of experience in the fields of global supply chain, international trade, cross-border logistics, and customs regulations and procedure. Bob has also served as President and CEO for the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc. and President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC).

Online Consultation on Facilitating the Conduct of Cross-Border Business

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invite you to participate in an online consultation on facilitating business travel between the United States and Canada.
As outlined in the United States-Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan, announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama in December 2011, the joint consultations aim to:
  1. Receive comments on the implementation of commitments included in the Action Plan, and;
  2. Identify and assess new ways to facilitate cross-border business travel in the short and medium terms.

You are invited to submit feedback online by submitting a policy paper/recommendations for the governments’ consideration. Prior to providing your input, please read the background document, which outlines current policies and procedures and the proposed initiatives outlined in the Action Plan. Note that your submission could be published on the CIC or DHS website. 

A summary report on this consultation process will be available on the DHS and CIC websites later this year.
The online consultation will be available only until June 29.

Coming Events

Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council, Betting On Diversity: A Day at the Races!, July 11, Toronto, Ont.

I.E.Canada, Webinar: Importing into Brazil, July 18
CITT – Toronto Area Council, Golf Tournament, July 25, Mississauga, Ont.
Association of Canadian Port Authorities, 54th Annual General Meeting and Conference, August 19 to 22, Hamilton, Ont.

I.E.Canada, Webinar: Mexican Customs 101, August 23
Calgary Logistics Council and the Van Horne Institute, Logistics Education Award Program Golf Tournament (proceeds go toward scholarships for students in supply chain programs in the Calgary area), September 10, Calgary, Alta.

Canadian Materials Handling & Distribution Society, Charity Classic Golf Tournament and Dinner, September 12, Surrey, B.C.
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association – Central Region, Golf Tournament, September 13, Newmarket, Ont.

Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association – Eastern Region, Golf Tournament, September 21

Purchasing Management Association of Canada, International Symposium on Supply Chain Management – Exploring the Leading Edge in SCM: Complexity, Responsiveness, Governance, September 30 to October 2, Toronto, Ont. 
Canadian Public Procurement Council, Forum 2012: Strategic Leadership in Challenging Fiscal Times, November 4 to 7, Vancouver, B.C.
CITT, Webinar: Capital Budgeting, November 21
Always up-to-date in our online event listing. See events outside of Canada.

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